The first collaboration of the Greek National Opera Ballet with the renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, is a fact. The choreographer with the unique sensitivity to the weaknesses of human nature guarantees a great dance performance about the rust of the soul, titled Herrumbre (Rust).
For Nacho Duato, the starting point for this ballet was a photograph of the US-American detention camp, Guantanamo, showing prisoners fallen on the ground like animals. In his choreography, Duato transforms the images of violence spread by the media into movements. His aim here is to raise awareness of a subject that we all should care about. Why? Because it is how we treat others that ultimately defines who we are ourselves.
The succession of impressive scenes, each more violent than the previous one, with people humiliated and terrified inside a cruel prison, constitutes Duato’s grand statement against all forms of terrorism.
Duato was born in Valencia in 1957 and studied at Rambert School in London and Maurice Béjart’s Mudra School in Brussels. He completed his studies at Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Centre in New York and began his career in 1980 with the famous Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. He has been a dancer and a guest choreographer with the Netherlands Dans Theater for ten years. There, he presented his first choreography in 1983, at the urging of Jiří Kylián. He served for twenty consecutive years as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Spain, turning it into one of the most sought-after Ballets worldwide for its quality and repertory. Since 2014 he has been the general and artistic director of the Berlin State Ballet (Staatsballett Berlin), a position he will be holding until 2019, when he will be succeeded by Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman. His choreographies have been performed by some of the most important dance companies throughout the world, such as Nederlands Dans Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Stuttgart Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company.
Choreography: Nacho Duato
Music: Pedro Alcalde, Sergio Caballero, David Darling
Scenography: Jaffar Chalabi
Costumes: Nacho Duato
Lighting: Brad Fields
With the GNO Principal dancers, Soloists, Demi-Soloists and Corps de Ballet
With the support of the Spanish Embassy and the Cervantes Institute
Regular: 15€ – 60€
Limited visibiity: 10€
Greek National Opera – Stavros Niarchos Hall. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
About Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is a project that includes the construction and complete outfitting of new facilities for the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO), as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park.
In funding the SNFCC, the Foundation’s vision is to provide the country and the city with the new institutional foundations it needs to move forward and with a framework for the future. Education, culture and sustainability, the SNFCC’s three main elements, are essential requirements in enhancing the potential of the city and its people and placing them within a twenty first century global context.
The magnitude of the project and of the Foundation’s dreams and hopes required the impact and the creative presence of a visionary architect. In February 2008, following a closed international design competition, the Foundation’s Board of Directors unanimously selected the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (www.rpbw.com). In selecting renowned architect Renzo Piano, the Foundation chose an architect at the forefront of the architectural profession, who possesses vision, intellectual curiosity and a historical and geographical understanding of the project’s location and significance.
How to get there
For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma Square (intersection with Ermou Street), with a stopover at the Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.
The shuttle bus is accessible to people in wheelchairs, following prior scheduling via phone. To best accomodate visitors that would like to make use of this service we kindly ask that they let us know in advance via phone (+30 216 8091000) about the time and stop of interest according to following timetable.
On Sundays, from 10.00 to 13.00, the shuttle bus runs only from Syggrou-Fix to the SNFCC and vice versa, due to the scheduled changing of the Presidential Guard in front of the Hellenic Parliament. In the event of special traffic regulations the schedule of shuttle bus, might be modified accordingly.
By Bus or by Metro & Bus:
From the Center of Athens
Lines Β2, 550: These lines pass through the metro station Syggrou Fix where you can change means of transport. Getting off at the “Onasseio” stop on Syggrou Avenue southbound, head south in the direction of the sea, up to Evripidou Street (junction with Syggrou Avenue by-lane).
Lines A1, B1, 130, 217, 860: Getting off at the “Tzitzifies” stop on Ethnarchou Makariou Avenue. Move on the avenue towards Glyfaga, then left onto Epaminontas Street and finally right onto Peisistratou Street.
130: Piraeus – Nea Smyrni (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
217: Piraeus – Dafni Station (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
550: Kifissia – Palaio Faliro (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onassio Stop southbound)
860: Palaio Faliro – Schisto (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Α1: Piraeus – Voula (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Β1: Piraeus – Ano Glyfada (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Β2: Academia – Agios Kosmas (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onasseio Stop southbound)
From the “Τzitzifies ” stop, walk towards the Navarhou Votsi street and then turn right at Peististratou street. At Peisistratou and Sahtouri street you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.
Line 10 from Chalandri Square to the Epaminonda stop. Walk towards Peisistratou and Sahtouri street and you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.
The following entrances are open for entering the SNFCC:
• Evripidou & Doiranis (entrance for the SNFCC Visitors Center)
• Evripidou & Irakleous
• Evripidou & Dimosthenous (entrance for the Running Track)
• Peisitratou & Sachtouri (entrance for the Parking of the SNFCC)
• Esplanade Pedestrian Bridge
Bicycle parking spaces are available at the entrance of the parking of the SNFCC (Peisistratou and Sahtouri Street) as well as the Visitors Center (Eyrypidou and Doiranis). The parking of bicycles in these areas is under the responsibility of the owner / holder for any damages arising (theft, damage, etc.)
Date and time:
6, 8, 9, 15, 16 February 2019, 20:00
17 February 2019, 18:30 – Sunday performance.
Photo by: the Greek National Opera